Mineral products technician apprenticeship

Level 5 – Mineral product technician

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship in the hazardous mineral products industry? Do you have great team management, people skills and would love to work in a dynamic and ever-changing industry? If so then why not consider applying for the Level 5 (higher education) Mineral products technician apprenticeship, and earn whilst you learn on the job.

Occupation summary – what is a mineral product technician?

Mineral product technicians are responsible for making sure that sufficient materials and products are available to meet customer requirements. This occupation is located within the large hazardous Mineral Products industry which includes deep mining and quarrying. This industry sector forms a vital contribution to the UK economy – with a turnover of £495 billion. The industry is responsible for providing raw materials that make up major infrastructure and building projects. In addition to this, it is also equally important for mineral product technicians to ensure that all health & safety, and environmental & quality requirements are met.

In addition to this, within the daily role as a Mineral product technician, you will interact with several colleagues and partners both internally and externally. There is a hybrid working space, with a mixture of working from within an office as well as working on-site.

Typical responsibilities within the job include:

  • Working with all members of the management team to continually monitor and supervise environmental, health and, safety measures within the business.
  • Optimising the effectiveness of the team by joining reoccurring briefings and meetings.
  • Assisting the sales team, as well as customers in ensuring that the highest standards of customer service is maintained.
  • Ensuring that all production equipment and systems are maintained to the highest standards, as well as ensuring that all equipment and systems meet current quality standards.

An employee within this occupation will be responsible for the safe operation of the site and maximising productivity on it. Mineral product technicians are employed in a wide range of extractive industries, including quarrying, concrete production, cement manufacture, cementitious products and clay manufacture (to name a few). These are the key specialist areas that are aligned with the apprenticeship:

  • Mineral extraction
  • Asphalt and Pavements
  • Concrete (Ready-mix and Precast)
  • Clays (Heavy and White)
  • Cement and Cementitious products

What Skills and Behaviours would I need?

Above all, it is important that a Mineral Product Technician demonstrates the following traits and skills. However, whilst completing an apprenticeship you’re learning on the job and so no doubt you’d pick up these skills along the way. The following are ideal requirements:

Some skills include:

  • Working competently, safely, and manage risks following HSE regulations.
  • Use knowledge of emergency response processes and procedures to deal with emergencies.
  • Recommend support and improvements to environmental, health, and safety culture, procedures, processes, and systems across the operation.
  • Apply root cause analysis.
  • Maximise the use of the resources, maximise products from raw materials, ensuring the sustainability of resources.

Some behaviours include:

  • A strong personal commitment to health, mental wellbeing, safety, and the environment.
  • Leads from the front setting a high example to all employees.
  • Works within the company policies, procedures and regulations at all times.
  • Enhances existing procedures, and contributes to a safer and more effective working environment, by identifying improvements to be made.
  • Encourages innovation and supports suggestions and feedback.

Entry Requirements for the Level 5 – Mineral Product Technician Apprenticeship

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level before taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

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Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship

Mineral processing weighbridge operator

Firstly, Are you ready to kickstart your career in Operations within the Manufacturing world? Do you have great communication and organisation skills and want to put these to valuable use? Most certainly, are you passionate about being a part of a team and providing an important responsibility? If so, consider joining the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship and earn whilst you learn and gain experience.

Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship Job Criteria

The tasks of the Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator will be varied; no day is the same. You will be acting as the ‘go to’ person for the operational site and have responsibilities of specific tasks for example, controlling vehicle movements, contractors, authorised personal and members of the public.

But firstly, what is a Weighbridge Operator?

A Weighbridge Operator in short, is responsible for loading large goods vehicles onto the weighbridge and making sure their load weights are following regulations. Therefore, they are responsible for health & safety of the operation, the logistics and more.

The job criteria typically includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Arranging transport of LGV vehicles and controlling logistics to fulfil the order schedule within time restrictions and shelf life of products
  • Understanding and knowing specific regulations that apply to their operation and be able to stop work if they identify a breach
  • Liaising with customers and providing excellent customer service at all levels (phone and face to face)
  • Communicating effectively with members of staff and hauliers on a daily basis
  • Weighing vehicles into the site via the weighbridge and directing them to the correct locations on site,
  • Weighing and inspecting vehicles that have been loaded to ensure they are correctly loaded and/or secured and fit for the public roads
  • Geographical awareness as well as knowledge of LGV operator rules and regulations
  • Some sites operate 24/7 so shift and night working may be required

What do I need to know to perform this role?

Not sure on what is required to perform the Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator role? Have no fear, we are here to help! To clarify, you are going to have:

  • An understanding of the hazards and risks of operating weighbridge equipment in accordance with company policies and procedures,
  • Knowledge of the importance of health & safety by reporting all potential hazards such as near-misses and dangerous occurrences
  • The importance of minimising fuel/waste and environmental impact of work activities
  • Great communication for every day and emergency situations
  • Product knowledge to be able to perform visual checks and more.
Mineral processing weighbridge operator - Health & Safety

What Skills and Behaviours do I need?

No doubt you will already have a few of these skills and behaviours under your belt, but here is what you need to become a successful, efficient and reliable Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator:


  • Operational
  • Sustainability
  • Planning and Organising
  • Clear Communications
  • Product Knowledge and Company procedures/policies
  • IT and office based skills
  • People Skills – Teamwork and building trusting relationships internally and externally


  • Professional Judgement
  • Commitment to code of ethics
  • Identifying and continuing personal development
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • A passion for health, safety and the environment
  • Excellent customer service
  • Proactive in innovation

Read more on the Skills and Behaviour requirements here.

Many skills across different sectors in the working world are transferrable without you even knowing. For instance, having the skills and behaviours above not only will grant you your career path but will guide you through many aspects of life. In addition, it is important to understand that communication and people skills are key. During this Apprenticeship you will learn to become a natural communicator.

Entry Requirements for the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship

Above all, there are some requirements to be able to apply for this role to be able to meet regulations within the Manufacturing Industries. An MPQC Level 3 Diploma in Weighbridge Operations must be achieved and for those who do not have English and Maths, this can be taken during the Apprenticeship before the End Point Assessment.

For those who do have prior education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. Please note: British Sign Language qualification is accepted if this is your primary language.


To sum up, the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship is a perfect way to jump aboard a Manufacturing Career path, whilst gaining experience and skills that will last a lifetime. If you are interested in earning whist you learn and want to find out more about some of our other approved apprenticeships in the UK then please visit our website.

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General Welding Level 2 Apprenticeship

General Welding Level 2 Apprenticeship

Are you eager to jump into the world of welding? If so, read on to kickstart your career in this industry.

But first, what is welding?

Welding is used significantly and in almost every sector of industry. General welders are a high demand for skilled General Welders in industry areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction, and many more.

General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings, and gantries.

Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in the harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.

What skill requirements do you need for the apprenticeship?

  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations
  • Receive, handle, and maintain consumables
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards:  ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These qualifications are regarded as licenses to practice welding.
  • Achieve quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic)
  • To prepare and check the welding equipment
  • Complete and check the work ready for inspections
  • To ensure health and safety requirements are reported
General Welding Level 3 Apprenticeship

What knowledge will you gain in this apprenticeship?

  • To be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability.
  • To understand the common arc welding processes, joint types, and positions.
  • To understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding.
  • To understand the terminology, operation, and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types, and welding positions.
  • To be able to identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected.
  • To know the basics of welding
  • Knowing the basics of welding documents


  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications. Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
  • Planning and preparation to ensure production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved.
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change.

Entry requirements:

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability. Dependent on the employer, they will set their own specific selection criteria on what requirements you would need.

Generally, you are required to have successfully achieved level 1 in English and Mathematics and to have also taken your examinations at level 2 for both these subjects, within the period of apprenticeship if these had already not been achieved.

General Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process. They are also required in a number of sectors, for example, the steelwork construction sector.


This general welding apprenticeship is a great way to start your career in the manufacturing field. You will need to understand the process as well as ensuring all goals are achieved. This apprenticeship qualification is a great starting point and being able to work your way up from. Once you are certified, this can allow you to work from anywhere in the world in any industry. This can be just the starting point of your lifelong career in welding!

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Level 3 Advanced Furniture CNC Technician Apprenticeship


From creating quality craftsmanship to undertaking critical, precision orientated tasks, in the Advanced Furniture CNC Technician Apprenticeship you’ll be exposed to the multitude of responsibilities and challenges which come with understanding Computer Numerically Controlled machinery. Not only that, with this rewarding earn-while-you-learn role you will see your work used everywhere and anywhere: from your coffee table at home, to the chair at your local pub.

What will I learn as a CNC technician apprentice?

In this exciting and technical role, you will undertake a number of duties which are designed to help you meet the KSB competencies you’re required to demonstrate. There are 12 occupational duties in total which you will undertake, these vary from setting up, operating and maintaining CNC machinery, identifying and rectifying any faults within the furniture production process, and checking that all furniture produced fits quality standards and necessary specifications. The duties you carry out will ensure that within the 24 months you’ll develop a solid understanding of how the furniture CNC process works. And more importantly, you’ll understand how to effectively use the processes in a safe and dependable manner.

How will I be assessed in the apprenticeship?

For this apprenticeship, your performance will be judged against a variety of KSBs; these are different competencies relating to knowledge of your role and industry, skills you’ve developed within your role, and behaviours you undertake when working both independently and with your team. In total there are 28 knowledge, 23 skill and 12 behaviour competencies which you will be judged against.

To demonstrate your knowledge, you’ll be expected to understand the technical processes within CNC and how to fix any problems that arise with machinery, as well as having an in-depth understanding of machine maintenance.

To demonstrate the skills you’ve developed, you’ll be expected to show how you’d set up and operate CNC machinery, whilst using appropriate safety measures and procedures. Another skill demonstration will involve showing how furniture can be modified from CAD drawings to suit the CNC processes you’ll be using.

To demonstrate behavioural developments in your role, you’ll be expected to show how you’ve displayed integrity in your work, how you’ve asked questions to further understand your responsibilities, and how you perform with minimal supervision.


The Apprenticeship Standard

This apprenticeship typically lasts for 2 years, however this does not include your EPA period. Upon completion, you will have attained a level 3 qualification in the role and it will set you up to further advance your education and career in the engineering and manufacturing industry. Maximum funding you’ll receive for the course is £11,000 and the apprenticeship is provided by Ofqual.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

If an exciting career in furniture engineering is what you’re looking for, this apprenticeship is certainly a great way to kick-start that. Whilst there are no requirements for qualifications to apply and begin the apprenticeship, you must have achieved a level 2 in English and Maths prior to the End Point Assessment. However, if you have an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, an Entry level 3 for English and Maths is required before completing your EPA.

So, is this the right apprenticeship for you?

If you’re someone who isn’t afraid of a challenge, loves to fixate on the finer details and is inspired by a rewarding role which is pivotal in a process, then the Advanced Furniture CNC Technician Apprenticeship could be the perfect role to help you launch your career in the industry. Not only will you get paid whilst you develop crucial skills for the role and workplace, but you’ll also be exposed to a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities to ensure that you develop your understanding and your skills to the best of your ability.

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Level 4: High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician

Image shows a high speed rail in black and white.

Fascinated by the field of high speed rail? Are you interested in getting involved with some hands-on experience whilst also gaining a reputable qualification? If so, the Level 4 High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician (HSRI) Degree will be perfect for you. This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone with the interest in high speed rail, whether you have just finished school or you’re looking for a new job opportunity.

The Role of a HSR Technician

High-speed rail is a specialist area of work and has job roles such as civil engineers, higher technicians in track, power and infrastructure, and operations managers. A HSRI Advanced technician has to provide technical solutions within the construction, maintenance and operations of a high-speed railway. Whilst on your apprenticeship you will be responsible for the safe design, construction, installation, maintenance and operation of a high-speed railway providing both a safe and reliable service for the customers. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop skills and knowledge relating to high speed/conventional networks and infrastructure in order to manage the interface between the systems.

Core Technical Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours


  • Firstly, health and safety regulations pertaining to track
  • Identification, avoidance and mitigation of safety and health risks in design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning
  • The factors of a track system, especially as applied to HSR
  • The differences between conventional and high speed track and the interfaces between the two systems
  • The essentials of constructing properly supported track bed
  • The impact of alignment, hydrodynamics (chiefly drainage) and geotechnics on track
  • Track geometry and the influence of speed
  • Impact of assets and structures on the track system
  • Processes associated with the planning, design, construction, monitoring, ongoing inspection, maintenance, renewal, repair and failure mechanisms of track
  • Manufacturing and construction methodology behind track
  • The range and use of specialist equipment and plant for track
  • The necessity of designing, planning, coordinating and supervising temporary works;
  • Lastly, environmental impact of the whole track lifecycle


  • Engage in processes that identify, avoid and mitigate safety and health risks in design and construction
  • Apply safety and health practice during planned and unplanned activities across the track lifecycle
  • Comply with legislation, processes and standards relating to the planning, design, construction, monitoring, maintenance, renewal, repair, manufacturing and construction methodology, disposal and environmental impact of track
  • Contribute to the design, construction, monitoring, maintenance, renewal, repair and decommissioning of track
  • Contribute to determining appropriate manufacturing and construction methodologies, including the decommissioning and environmental impact of track
  • Produce and interpret detailed technical documents, including the application of BIM and other regulated information systems
  • Account for the impact of alignments and geotechnics on track design, construction, maintenance and final system needs
  • Contribute to testing and commissioning including integration with other systems


  • Keeps a safe secure and healthy working environment through personal responsibility and behaviour
  • Is customer focused and is dedicated to improving the customer experience
  • Effective self-manage, prioritise and a proactively approaches work and continuous professional development.
  • Effectively lead
  • Acts professionally, shows commitment to the industry and employer, and is an effective ambassador for the employer
  • Is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and act ethically with integrity and respect
  • Works flexibly, embraces change, handles ambiguity and accepts new ideas and ways of working
  • Uses effective communication skills to work collaboratively and to exchange constructive feedback

Entry Criteria for a Level 4 HSRI Technician

Thinking there’s a catch? Well there isn’t! Employers are mostly only requiring 5 GCSEs including both English and Maths. In addition to this, they would like to see A-levels, including maths or physics, or a BTEC. Upon completion, you will receive a Level 4 (Higher), which is equivalent to a foundation degree. Maximum funding for the apprenticeship will be £21,000, with a potential salary of £25,000 pa, once completed.

However, if you haven’t got your level 2 English and Maths certificates you will be able to do so before your end-point assessment.

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Footwear Manufacturer

Shoe design apprenticeship

If you’re interested in footwear and would love to get involved with a highly respected and skilled trade – this new apprenticeship is one for you. This role includes exciting opportunities available with the likes of sportswear, high-street staples and luxury makers such as New Balance, Dr Martens, Cheaney Shoes and Gaziano & Girling.  


The British footwear manufacturing industry, like Saville Row, supports the pursuit of excellence that embraces innovation and technology. With approximately 30 larger footwear manufactures in the UK and 60 smaller specialist ones, they together make up 5.6 million pairs of footwear that is exported and dotted around on our pavements from one street to another.

An artisanal craft that is greatly rewarding, footwear manufacturers are now looking for apprentices to join their small-scale operations making specialist or bespoke / personalised footwear. Depending on the company, your apprenticeship can have you working all the way up to larger factories with extensive teams and international departments, creating larger runs of footwear that can be exported overseas.

Saville row London

The Role of a Footwear Manufacturer

This Level 2 Apprenticeship teaches everything you need to know about the full end-to-end process on how to manufacture a piece of footwear.

Over the course of 12-15 months, you will learn how to work quickly and accurately use hand tools, technical equipment and machinery. You’ll learn how to follow briefs with specification for different types of footwear and learn how to create a majestic range of shoes with varied timescales and quality standards.

If you have a strong eye for detail and quality with a flare for design – this is one to consider!

Footwear manufacturers will join a team, reporting to Team Leaders, Supervisors or Owners as well as interacting with Production Managers, General Managers, Quality Managers and production colleagues. For those in a smaller team, you will also have possible access to clients and designers

Typical day-to-day duties of a Footwear Manufacturer include:
  • Cutting materials (mainly leather) by hand or by machine/laser
  • Skiving (thinning materials)
  • Closing (sewing the upper part of the footwear)
  • Lasting (forming the footwear)
  • Attaching the sole either cemented or stitched
  • Finishing the footwear
  • Quality inspection and packing to company specification

This falls under the engineering and manufacturing route with maximum funding of £5000.

Close up of footwear process

Core Requirements – Knowledge & Skills

Health, Safety & the Environment

  • Safe working practices to minimise hazards and risks from storing equipment to maintaining work procedures
  • Health & Safety legislation to your area of responsibility for others and the environment
  • Effective use of equipment and safe working methods
  • Hazard and risk identification in the work area

Footwear Construction Process

  • Learning the importance of brand quality standards with attention to detail throughout
  • Understanding footwear construction terminology as well as sizing and variations of production for different product types
  • Gaining insight on materials, machinery and equipment required for each stage of the production process

Footwear Materials Tools & Equipment

  • Understanding the characteristics, properties and behaviour of a variety of materials and components used in footwear construction and their suitable application (such as high quality leather for premium footwear or softer materials for ballet dance shoes)
  • Identification of production problems and correct materials and components
  • Preparation for quality check and reporting faults to upper management
  • Learning advancements of production problems and associated corrective actions
  • Performing routine maintenance to ensure the efficiency of machinery, tools and equipment

Footwear Work Practices

  • Instilling company’s history, policy, brand values towards the customer base and product range
  • Helping run a cost effective workflow, following through on specification and appropriate work instructions to meet customer and company requirements
  • Implementing efficient and effective use of materials by closely following instructions and minimising waste
  • Undertaking processes to consistent speed and quality requirements as outlined by the company
Core Requirements – Behaviours
  • A proactive approach to Health & Safety procedures, personally and towards colleagues
  • Demonstrates a positive mind-set towards maintaining high standards of quality, precision and excellence
  • Self motivated, punctual individual who is flexible with change, new requirements and changing priorities
  • Team player that upholds equality and diversity in the workplace
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Entry Requirements:

Individual employers will set the selection criteria and specify the entry requirements applicable to their work.

Should you be without a Level 1 English and Maths certificate, you will be required to take a test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment towards the end of your contract.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, an Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification will also be allowed.  


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Level 3 Fashion and Pattern Cutter Apprenticeship

fashion and pattern cutter at work

Are you the kind of person who loves fashion and patterns to create new styles and designs? If this sounds like you, read on to discover the benefits and technical aspects of completing a Level 3 Fashion and Pattern Cutter apprenticeship. There’s lots to learn in a fashion role and this could be the start of your new career in an exciting and ever-changing industry.

Jobs and Entry Criteria for the Level 3 Fashion and Pattern Cutter Apprenticeship

Fashion and Pattern Cutter apprenticeships can lead to a career in the industry, with the average base salary at around £30k as you get more experienced. As an apprentice, your role may be ‘Assistant Pattern Cutter’ whilst you learn the ins and outs of the role.

It’s important to understand the entry requirements that you will need before enrolling for a Fashion and Pattern Cutter apprenticeship. Although entry requirements will be decided by your employer, you would typically be expected to have achieved an appropriate level of English and Maths in your GCSEs (at a C grade or higher).

If you don’t have these qualifications, don’t worry you can still apply to the apprenticeship but ensure you have your English and Maths grades before undertaking the End-Point Assessment.

If you have an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirements will be Entry 3 for you. Additionally, British Sign Language is a recognised qualification as an alternative to English, if this is yours or the applicant’s primary language.

An Overview of the Role

You will be responsible for producing a variety of products from clothing and fashion items and this might range from leather goods, soft furnishings, marine and medical textiles.

It’s important to know who your potential employer might be; pattern cutters can be employed by a range of different sized businesses. The role will involve interpreting a product design brief and you will then draft patterns that reflect the design and technical specifications. You will become familiar with different pattern cutting methods like adjusting and shaping a standard pattern ‘block’, modifying a non-standard pattern base taken from the company library, or creating a pattern using ‘modelling’, which involves draping and pinning fabric over a mannequin and hand-cutting the fabric to form the pattern base. You’ll also learn how pattern production software packages are used using manual and computerised systems.

There are a lot of different layers to the role but the key steps will include interpreting product design briefs and executing these designs by producing product samples. You’ll also learn to adjust your prototype patterns to meet the design and fit of the specification before creating the final product.

Fashion and Pattern Cutter Apprentice – Knowledge

  • Supply Chain and Customer base – aware of quality standards, timescales and production stages.
  • Aware of materials used in production and characteristics– e.g. woven, knitted, non-woven.
  • Understand delivery timescales, production deadlines etc
  • Be aware of the Quality Assurance procedure – recognising any faults, errors and inspect products against specifications.

Working Practices to be aware of:

  • Product Design Briefs, pattern construction techniques, standard and international sizing, measuring techniques, calculations, principles of grading, specialist terminology, tools, sample review techniques, computerised pattern production systems, technical documents and path management process to meet timescales and deadlines.
  • Understand the company’s communication protocol.
  • Policies and procedures: awareness of health, safety, welfare, environmental, workplace policies and understand legislative requirements.


  • Understand design briefs.
  • Create template/block patterns.
  • Produce prototype patterns for given designs, evaluate prototype patterns and produce the final master pattern.
  • Able to have good communication skills to maintain good relationships and complete relevant documentation.


  • Be responsible for work produced and responsive to changes in priorities.
  • Demonstrate a methodical and calm approach and work positively.
  • Be assertive and reflective on behaviour to develop.
  • Have a safety-first attitude.


The Level 3 Fashion and Pattern Cutter apprenticeship is filled with opportunity to grow and learn more if this is the career path for you. The core skills, behaviours and knowledge competencies will be a great way to kickstart your new role. You could work with some large fashion businesses when you start your apprenticeship. Alternatively, if you’d like to learn of other Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships, we have a full list for you to browse.

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Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship

Do you love Boats, building, and repairing? Are you handy with tools, interested in engineering, or looking to change careers altogether? Read on to find out how the Level 3 Boatbuilder apprenticeship could land you your dream job and kick-start a new career!

Key responsibilities of the Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship

What does a Boatbuilder Apprentice do?

A boatbuilder apprentice builds boats such as yachts, workboats, and superyachts and/or refit and repair existing boats. A variety of different materials such as composites, metals, or wood will be used. A boatbuilder apprentice will learn to work with and understand the capabilities of these materials.

You will learn to read and interpret engineering and technical drawings to produce molds, jigs, plugs, and templates during your boatbuilder apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you will learn to use these to create complex shapes using and variety of measuring equipment, machines, and hand tools. You will be expected to work individually and as part of a team.

You will manufacture and assemble components that form the structure of a boat as well as the interior and exterior as a boatbuilder. A understand and compliance with organisational and statutory safety including sustainability requirements is a must.

During your apprenticeship, you will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work. Apprentices should eventually be able to work with minimum supervision, therefore, you must be able to communicate and solve problems well.

During your boatbuilder apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to work with associated trades such as Marine Engineers, as a result, you will gain a strong understanding of the marine industry.

Upon successful completion of the boatbuilder apprenticeship, you will be multi-skilled and capable of adapting to changing demands. Boats are becoming more complex, and new materials and methods are regularly being introduced. This means throughout your exciting career as a boatbuilder, you will be learning, adapting, and evolving.

This apprenticeship will be recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at ‘Engineering Technician’ level on successful completion.

Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprentice working with mentor.
Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprentice working with mentor.

Entry criteria for the Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship

Wondering how to become a boatbuilder?

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements when applying for a boatbuilder apprenticeship. Most candidates will typically have GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*- C including maths, English, and possibly a relevant science.

If you’re applying for the boatbuilder apprenticeship without GCSE English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the End-Point Assessment (EPA). Your apprenticeship provider will be able to assist you with this. Head over to ApprenticeNow.com to find out more about this.

For those with an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprentice working.
Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprentice working with material.

Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship Core Competencies

Behaviours – Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship

  • Appropriate safety behaviours individually and towards others
  • A commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen
  • A focus on the requirements of the customer
  • An ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • An ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation
  • A strong work ethic including motivated, committed, meticulous, reliable, proactive, and adaptable behaviours
  • A recognition and appreciation of equality and diversity in the workplace

Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship – Skills

Work method – Skills:

  • Prepare the work area and maintain safe, clean, and efficient work methods and environments
  • Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Select, use, maintain and store equipment, tools, and materials
  • Follow and maintain work procedures, method statements, and production records
  • Make the most efficient and effective use of resources, time, and materials

Identify and respond to customer needs – Skills:

  • Prepare for meetings and discussions and use appropriate listening, questioning, recording, and presentation techniques
  • Use appropriate marine terminology
  • Use estimating techniques to support discussions

Planning and set up – skills:

  • Review and verify designs and plans
  • Finalise time and cost of the work to be done
  • Identify and source equipment, machinery, tools, and materials
  • Make, produce and use jigs and templates as required
  • Set up tools and machinery

Manufacture and assemble/ disassemble and repair components – Skills:

  • Manufacture or repair components to the required specification
  • Move components using the appropriate safe methods
  • Check components for robustness, fit, and tolerances
  • Analyse problems with machinery, equipment,
  • tools and material, proposing/implementing solutions where appropriate
  • Move, shape, and manipulate components to achieve the best fit
  • Select and use appropriate methods for holding materials and components in place, and for the connecting, fixing, and assembly of materials and components
  • Safeguard materials and components during assembly
  • Select suitable methods of repair that are effective and maintain original construction
  • Select suitable methods for fault finding and analysis
  • Make repairs whilst safeguarding the integrity of components and the surrounding area
  • Identify, mark, store and organise dismantled parts for reassembly

Fit-out – skills:

  • Determine the order and work methods
  • Install and fix components using the most appropriate method and material
  • Ensure that joins are suitably made and treated
  • Position and fit items
  • · Finalise fit-out for deck hardware

Finish – skills:

  • Check joins are sealed and fit for purpose
  • Prepare surfaces, treat suitably and ensure are free from defects and protected
  • Soften or suitably finish edges
  • Assess the quality of work

Support commissioning and sea trials – Skills:

  • Assess fixtures and fittings for quality and stability
  • Contribute to the commissioning of the boat as required
  • Assemble required documentation
  • Brief recipients verbally with the necessary documentation

Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship – Knowledge and understanding

Work methods – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The purpose of a range of equipment, tools, and materials
  • The characteristics and reaction of materials to their environment e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure
  • Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection, and storage of materials
  • Work hazards and safe working methods
  • Broad knowledge of other marine trades to understand their needs
  • How to produce and interpret engineering drawings and understand boatbuilding terminology

Identify and respond to customer needs – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The international marine industry and the company’s place within it
  • The company’s products and services
  • The role of formal and informal communication
  • The uses of information technology in the workplace
  • Principles of costing, pricing, and budgeting

Planning and set up – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The company’s process for design, planning, and set up
  • How to obtain the required specifications using selected procedures
  • The conventions underpinning technical documentation the roles and safe and efficient uses of machinery
  • The uses of templates
  • Vessel design and construction, complex shapes, and the applications of geometry
  • The bill of materials methodology and reporting of discrepancies
  • Feedback on drawing and specification errors of modifications required

Manufacture and assemble/ disassemble and repair components – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The appropriate uses of measuring aids and equipment
  • The basic principles of contingency planning and of problem-solving
  • The options and constraints during assembly
  • Working with complex shapes and curves
  • The scope of materials for shaping and manipulation
  • Methods ptions for holding and clamping components before assembly
  • The properties, uses, and limitations of materials for connecting, fixing, and assembling components
  • De-storing a vessel for repair, safeguarding and protecting all removed items.
  • Methods of disassembling boats for repair
  • Fault finding techniques
  • A range of new and traditional techniques for boatbuilding

Fit out – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The options for connecting similar and dissimilar materials
  • Types and uses of deck hardware and the forces applied
  • The options for fixing components in place
  • Understanding service and maintenance requirements

Finish – Knowledge and understanding:

  • The options for connecting similar and dissimilar materials
  • Types and uses of deck hardware and the forces applied
  • The options for fixing components in place
  • Understanding service and maintenance requirements

Support commissioning and sea trials – Knowledge and understanding:

  • Manufacturers’ specifications and requirements
  • Guidance for the care and maintenance of materials
  • The relevant documentation
  • Boat handling skills
  • Understand the requirements for basin and sea trials
  • Principles of practice for working on or near water


As you can see, the level 3 Boatbuilder apprenticeship is an exciting and excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in boatbuilding. The core skills, knowledge, and behaviours covered in this apprenticeship will open up a range of future opportunities for you.

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn, also your training is free to you, and there are plenty of opportunities for further education after completion. Why not take a look at our full list of approved Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeships here.

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Full list of approved Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeships

engineering apprenticeships

There is currently over 100 approved Engineering & Manufacturing apprenticeship available for employers and apprentices in the UK. These apprenticeships cover a wide range of industry fields such as water treatment, aerospace, fashion, rail engineering and gas networks. This shows the diversity of choice available for Engineering Apprenticeships.

Engineering apprenticeships are offered from level 2 up to level 7 Masters degree and there is a number of progression opportunities for different industry types.

Manufacturing & Engineering Apprenticeships:

Level 2: Abattoir worker
Level 3: Accident Repair Technician
Level 3: Advanced Baker
Level 5: Advanced dairy technologist
Level 6: Aerospace engineer (degree)
Level 6: Aerospace software development engineer (degree)
Level 4: Aircraft maintenance certifying engineer
Level 2: Autocare technician
Level 3: Automotive glazing technician
Level 2: Aviation maintenance mechanic (military)
Level 2: Bicycle mechanic
Level 3: Boatbuilder
Level 4: Brewer
Level 3: Bus and coach engineering technician
Level 3: Composites Technician
Level 6: Control / technical support engineer (degree)
Level 6: Electrical / electronic technical support engineer (degree)
Level 4: Electrical Power Networks Engineer
Level 4: Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer
Level 6: Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer (degree)
Level 3: Engineering design and draughtsperson
Level 3: Engineering fitter
Level 2: Engineering operative
Level 3: Engineering Technician
Level 3: Fashion and textiles pattern cutter
Level 4: Fashion and textiles product technologist
Level 6: Food and drink advanced engineer (degree)
Level 3: Food and drink advanced process operator
Level 3: Food and drink maintenance engineer
Level 2: Food and drink process operator
Level 2: Footwear manufacturer
Level 2: Furniture manufacturer
Level 3: Gas network craftsperson
Level 2: Gas network team leader
Level 2: General welder (arc processes)
Level 3: Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician
Level 3: Heritage engineering technician
Level 4: High Speed Rail & Infrastructure Technician
Level 3: Leisure & Entertainment Engineering Technician
Level 3: Lift and escalator electromechanic
Level 3: Maintenance and operations engineering technician
Level 6: Manufacturing engineer (degree)
Level 6: Manufacturing manager (degree)
Level 3: Marine Engineer
Level 2: Maritime electrical / mechanical mechanic
Level 7: Materials process engineer (Degree)
Level 3: Metal casting, foundry & patternmaking technician
Level 3: Metal fabricator
Level 2: Mineral and construction product sampling and testing operations
Level 2: Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator
Level 2: Mineral processing weighbridge operator
Level 3: Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle)
Level 3: Motorcycle technician (repair and maintenance)
Level 3: Multi-positional welder (arc processes)
Level 2: Non-destructive testing (NDT) operator
Level 6: Non-destructive testing engineer (degree)
Level 3: Non-destructive testing engineering technician
Level 2: Nuclear health physics monitor
Level 2: Nuclear Operative
Level 6: Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer (degree)
Level 5: Nuclear Technician
Level 4: Nuclear welding inspection technician
Level 6: Ordnance munitions and explosives (OME) professional
Level 6: Packaging professional (degree)
Level 3: Papermaker
Level 7: Post graduate engineer
Level 7: Power engineer (degree)
Level 3: Power network craftsperson
Level 7: Process automation engineer (degree)
Level 4: Process leader
Level 6: Product design and development engineer (degree)
Level 3: Project controls technician
Level 4: Propulsion technician
Level 5: Rail & rail systems engineer
Level 7: Rail & rail systems principal engineer (degree)
Level 6: Rail & rail systems senior engineer (degree)
Level 4: Rail engineering advanced technician
Level 2: Rail engineering operative
Level 3: Rail engineering technician
Level 3: Refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump engineering Technician
Level 7: Risk and safety management professional (degree)
Level 4: Road transport engineering manager
Level 3: Science industry maintenance technician
Level 6: Science industry process/plant engineer (degree)
Level 2: Science Manufacturing Process Operative
Level 3: Science manufacturing technician
Level 2: Sewing Machinist
Level 2: Specialist tyre operative
Level 3: Survival equipment fitter
Level 7: Systems engineering (degree)
Level 2: Textile care operative
Level 2: Textile manufacturing operative
Level 3: Utilities engineering technician
Level 4: Vehicle damage assessor
Level 3: Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) technician
Level 3: Vehicle damage paint technician
Level 3: Vehicle damage panel technician
Level 3: Water process technician
Level 3: Water treatment technician